January 29, 2021

Biden Approval Ratings Plummet After Inauguration

  • Analysis, Executive, The Hill

By: Amy Jo Underwood

In Brief:

President Joe Biden ran on a platform of unity and returning to “normal,” but his popularity has declined since his inauguration. Biden has signed over thirty executive orders in his first few days in office, a record number for U.S. Presidents. Biden’s approval rating has dropped since his inauguration, and remains at a negative. This is in contrast to the pattern typical with newly inaugurated presidents. 

The Background:

Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden is in the negative for approval rating. According to PJ Media, the first poll showed Biden at -2, and it continued to decline over the next several days. On January 26th, his rating had dropped to -5. In comparison, Trump began his presidency with +2 in approval rating, and rose to +13 in the first few days. Historically, presidents have had high approval ratings in their first few days and weeks in office. However, with Biden, his ratings have dropped. 

Supporters of Biden have criticized his orders regarding gender identity, energy policies and immigration. His immigration policy has been temporarily halted due to a lawsuit by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. According to a poll by ABC, 22% of Americans felt confident at the end of week-one that Biden could unify the country, 24% had zero confidence, and only 35% of those polled had confidence that Biden would be able to help the country. PJ Media reports that 66% of Americans expect the cost of gas to rise in the near future. 

One of the policies that Biden has repealed in an executive order is the so-called “Mexico City” policy. The Mexico City policy bans funding for NGOs who fund or provide overseas abortions. Biden has reversed the policy, but against the average American’s wishes. According to a poll done by Marist and the Knights of Columbus (cited by Fox), 58% of Americans strongly oppose or oppose tax-payer funded abortion, and 77% opposed or strongly opposed funding abortions overseas, including 64% who identified as pro-choice. However, Biden has stated his intent to reverse the ban. 

Notable Quotes:

“[Joe Biden] has issued more executive fiats than anyone in such a short period of time, ever, more than Obama, more than Trump, more than anyone.” - Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

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